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Program Director: Scott Rankin at (806) 356-3631 or  e-mail:  jsrankin@actx.edu, Health Sciences Program Advisor, Ernesto Olmos (806) 354-6007 or contact the Health Sciences Division (806) 354-6055.

Mortuary Science Program Application DEADLINE for Fall 2014 is April 10th, 2014.

2-Day MANDATORY On-Campus Orientation for Fall 2014 semester for Newly Accepted Mortuary Science Students will take place the Thursday and Friday, prior to the first day of classes.  Those dates are August 21st and 22nd, 2014.  NOTE: This is for students that have been accepted by BOTH Amarillo College and the Mortuary Science Program.

Mortuary Science Program Application DEADLINE for Spring 2015 is November 1, 2014

Program Option One: Licensed Funeral Director Only

This course work for the certificate Program can be completed totally online.  (There are some exceptions to this, depending on a student's need for development course work.)  There is a 2-day on-campus Mortuary Science Orientation that newly accepted students must attend.  Dates for this orientation are listed above.

Texas Funeral Director Certificate of Completion Major Code - MRTS.CERT

Contact the Testing Center or the Program Advisor for testing requirements. Testing requirements are based on the unique needs of the certificate program.

The Certificate of Completion for funeral directing is offered to meet specific state or professional needs. The program is directed at the student desiring licensure as a funeral director only in the State of Texas. It does not include instruction in embalming, restorative art, microbiology, pathology, chemistry or anatomy); therefore it is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students completing this program are eligible to sit for the Texas State Board Examination only. Prior conviction of a felony; or a misdemeanor involving funeral directing and/or embalming may render the student ineligible to practice in the State of Texas.

Admission Requirements: Mortuary Science Department MRTS.CERT

(NOTE:  You will complete two separate applications:  1) Amarillo College's general application and 2) Amarillo College's Mortuary Science Program application packet.)

  1. High School graduate, at least 18 years of age or older.
  2. Completed application to Amarillo College on file with the Registrar.  You must go to www.actx.edu/apply to apply.  This must be done before completing the Mortuary Science application packet.  Your program of study (Major Code) will be MRTS.CERT.
  3. OFFICIAL High School transcript and any prior OFFICIAL college transcripts must be sent to the Registrar's Office AND the Mortuary Science Program's Office. 
  4. Placement test scores on file with the registrar.  Contact Ernesto Olmos with any questions concerning placement testing.
  5. Complete and submit an Amarillo College Mortuary Science Application to the Mortuary Science program director.  An application can be requested by emailing the program director, Scott Rankin at jsrankin@actx.edu to request an application packet.
  6. Reference Letter - Along with your application to the program, you must submit a reference letter.  Any licensed mortician (or other professional person) who can attest to your background will be satisfactory.
  7. Proof of Texas required immunizations.  Copies of need to be submitted with your application packet.  Scroll down to review required immunizations.

TO REQUEST A PROGRAM APPLICATION, email the program director at jsrankin@actx.edu.

Once you have completed the Mortuary Science application packet, send it to:

Amarillo College - ATTN: Mortuary Science - PO BOX 447 - Amarillo, TX 79178

DO NOT FAX  Mortuary Science Applications

Once admitted into the MRTS.CERT program the following will apply:

  1. No student in the Mortuary Science program will be allowed to repeat a course more than once. In addition 2 withdrawals will count as 1 repeat
  2. Students who fail to receive a minimum grade of a “C” in any MRTS.CERT course, the student will need to repeat the course.
  3. Should the student fail to receive a minimum grade of a “C” in a repeated course, they will automatically be removed from the Mortuary Science Program.

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Program Option Two: Funeral/Director and Embalmer

***Note***  Beginning Fall 2010

1. This program has specific admission requirements that are listed  below.

2.  This program is not 100% online.  There are specific requirements in the curriculum that require students be on campus.

Associate in Applied Science Major Code - MRTS.AAS

Provides prospective funeral service practitioners with the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills which are currently demanded for success in the industry. Educates students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large. Emphasizes high standards of ethical conduct. Provides  curriculum for advancement of funeral service education. Encourages student and faculty research in the funeral service industry

Students seeking entry into the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science must complete a specific program admission form and meet all admission requirements. Prior conviction of a felony may render the student ineligible to practice in the state of Texas. Program Director: Scott Rankin, (806) 356-3631 jsrankin@actx.edu, Health Sciences Program Advisor: Ernesto Olmos (806) 354-6007 or the Health Science Division,  (806) 371-6055.

Although Amarillo College is a public institution with an "open" admission policy, the Mortuary Science Department has specific admission requirements. 

 

Specific Criteria for Admission to the MRTS.AAS
 

 

TRANSCRIPTS-Official High School Transcript or college-Send 1 copy to Mortuary Science Department and 1 copy to Amarillo College Registrar.  The copies must be sent directly from credit granting institution to Amarillo College and be official copies.  Official College Transcripts (If applicable)-Send 1 copy to Mortuary Science Department   and 1 copy to Amarillo College Registrar.  The copies must be sent directly from credit granting institution to Amarillo College and be official copies. You must submit separate transcripts for each college attended. 

  •  Reference Letter (For the Mortuary Science Program) Please send one reference letter to the Mortuary Science Department.  Any licensed mortician (or other professional person) who can attest to your background will be satisfactory.

 

  •  Immunization (Shot) Records

Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to first patient contact, acceptable written evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968. Serologic confirmation of immunity to measles is acceptable. Evidence of immunity must consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.

Students must show, prior to program admission, written evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella (German measles) vaccine. Serologic confirmation of immunity to rubella is acceptable. Evidence of immunity must consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.

Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to first patient contact, written evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine. Serologic confirmation of immunity to mumps is acceptable. Evidence of immunity must consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.

Students shall have received a complete series (three injections) of hepatitis B vaccine prior to first clinical  contact. Persons applying for acceptance into the Mortuary Science program need not begin the Hep-B series until they have been officially accepted.

Students shall have received a complete series (two injections) of varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine, prior to first patient contact, unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age or must present documentation of varicella immunity. 

One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid is required within the last ten years.

**If required immunization records cannot be produced, the applicant will have to be re-immunized before the application can be accepted.**

 After the documents for admission are assembled , the applicant must have an interview with the program director or academic advisor for Mortuary Science.  The interview will not be scheduled until ALL admission documents are complete.

During the interview, the academic advisor will review all documentation and assign points for the purpose of ranking the applicant for admission into the program.  The applicant with the greater number of points will be ranked higher.  If two or more applicants tie for total points, the official application date will be used as a tie-breaker with the earlier date ranked higher.  The date of the interview with the academic advisor will be the official date of the application.

 All MRTS.CERT courses will be issued points.

A final grade of 'A' in a course will be worth 10 points
A final grade of 'B' in a course will be worth 7 points
A final grade of 'C' in a course will be worth 4 points.
  • Any applicant that graduated from high school with a cumulative GPA of 90% or higher will receive 5 additional points.
  • Any applicant who has completed sixty or more college hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale) will receive 5 additional points.
 
 Once admitted into the MRTS.AAS program the following will apply:
  1. No student in the Mortuary Science program will be allowed to repeat a course more than once. In addition 2 withdrawals will count as 1 repeat
  2. Students who fail to receive a minimum grade of a “C” in any MRTS.AAS course the student will need to repeat the course.
  3. Should the student fail to receive a minimum grade of a “C” in a repeated course, they will automatically be removed from the Mortuary Science Program.
Contact the program director for a mortuary science application packet.
Program Director: Scott Rankin, Email: jsrankin@actx.edu OR by phone.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Mortuary Science Department at Amarillo College (806)356-3631.
 
 

 



Created By Preston Childress -- Jun/23/06
Last updated by jsrankin -- Feb/24/14